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    Encore, Please

    They're old. Starting with the left guard, who's undergone twenty surgeries since high school, they've got more dents than a demolition derby. The owner has painted lurid orange flames on their new unis, so they look less like Super Bowl champs than ...

    by Bill Gallo on August 6, 1998
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    Not in Their Backyard

    While real-estate values soar across Denver, one neighborhood--Overland Park--has been left in the dust. A few miles down the river, the Central Platte Valley is finally fulfilling its century-old promise, transforming its gritty past into the c...

    by Patricia Calhoun on August 6, 1998
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    Where the Auction Is

    There are no farm implements left at the Clatworthy Company, the Fort Morgan business that was once the oldest International Harvester distributor in the United States. They've all been auctioned off. In 1990 Clatworthy decided to concentrate on...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on August 6, 1998
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    A Detoxing Situation On the behalf of every person who has ever had to deal with living institutionalized, I applaud Eric Dexheimer's "Used and Abused," in the July 23 issue. I was once inside our system of social services, whose greatest injusti...

    on August 6, 1998
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    One Tow Over the Line - Floyd Samuel says there auto be a law against what the city is doing to him.

    The camouflaged kids have taken up arms. They're fighting to claim territory, weaving around old houses, wending their way through junked cars and trucks on this field in industrial north Denver. Phhht. A hit. The proprietor of the paintball...

    by T.R. Witcher on July 30, 1998
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    The Final Frontier - In the deadly race to circle the globe in a balloon, team Re/Max plans to rise above the crowd. But can a bold ego go where no man has gone before?

    Dressed in shorts and a short-sleeved golf shirt, his face flushed with sun and wind, Dave Liniger roams his Denver Tech Center offices this sultry summer morning with more than the usual bounce in his step. When you own the company, you can wear wha...

    by Alan Prendergast on July 30, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Once beaten: GOP political candidate John Gonce, whose campaign for the statehouse in Denver's District 1 gets more gonzo with his every passing utterance, told the Denver Post this month that he's running to "champion the cause" of men falsely accus...

    on July 30, 1998
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    History in the Making - The battle over the Sand Creek massacre just won't end.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time. In May, when state senator Bob Martinez stood before the General Assembly and asked lawmakers to strike Sand Creek from a state capitol statue commemorating Colorado's Civil War battles, he was commended. After...

    by Harrison Fletcher on July 30, 1998
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    Beaten Down - After neighbors complain, it's taps for Cheesman Park's drummers.

    Beat it. That's what the City of Denver told a group of drummers who had been gathering on summer Sundays in Cheesman Park. With their shakers, rattles, bongos and congas, the loosely organized, spiritually oriented percussionists--anywhere from ...

    by Megan Hall on July 30, 1998
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    The Big Fix - A new detox program for heroin abusers storms into Denver. Methadone proponents are irked.

    A new, expensive--and largely untested --heroin detoxification technique that promises addicts relief from withdrawal symptoms "while you sleep" is getting a cool reception among state regulators and Denver's established substance-abuse professionals...

    by Eric Dexheimer on July 30, 1998
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    Damn (Good) Yankees

    The New York Yankees lost three times last week. You could look it up. But the rest of the picture remained pretty grim. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was still hitting .320 and keeping company with singer Mariah Carey. David Wells, the huge, unk...

    by Bill Gallo on July 30, 1998
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    A Schlong Time Coming I'm as enamored of the title of Harrison Fletcher's July 23 "The Schlong Goodbye" as I am with the copyrighted, patented and trademarked "The Penisster System" being the name of the medical prosthesis developed by Henry Badg...

    on July 30, 1998
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    Used and Abused - What's it like to work at the state's largest detox? These counselors were scared straight.

    On November 10, 1996, Denise Marshall was the graveyard supervisor at Arapahoe House's drug and alcohol detoxification facility in Wheat Ridge. When she'd arrived at 10 p.m. the night before, the facility already housed eighteen clients in various st...

    by Eric Dexheimer on July 23, 1998
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    All That Remains - Bones can tell a story--and forensic anthropologist Diane France keeps digging for the truth.

    The woman picked up the leg bone of Dr. Evgeny Botkin, the last physician for the last czar, and sniffed. Her Russian hosts couldn't have looked more shocked if she'd started gnawing on the royal femur of Czar Nicholas II, which lay near at hand. ...

    by Steve Jackson on July 23, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Billy, don't be a hero: Funny how GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Owens can't seem to remember just what he was doing back when every other young man in America was sweating bullets about being sent to Vietnam. Funny, too, how Owens openly acknowled...

    on July 23, 1998
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    Trading Places - Psst! Want some real Wall Street action? Just bring $50,000 to a place in Cherry Creek.

    The trading floor starts filling up fifteen minutes before the opening bell. But these aren't stockbrokers wearing three-piece suits and chomping on antacid tablets. They're mostly middle-aged men in golf-casual clothes. Above them are four clocks: L...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on July 23, 1998
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    Janitors in a Conundrum - A bitter labor dispute envelops the Denver Tech Center.

    Last August, David Rocha, a 38-year-old immigrant from Mexico, went to work at a building in the Denver Technological Center, just like thousands of other people. But it was a day he'll never forget. A janitor who worked for just over $5 an hour...

    by Stuart Steers on July 23, 1998
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    Young and Fuelish

    Another day at the office: Shelly Anderson slams her foot down and the ground shakes. The stench of tire smoke and the sting of burning nitromethane shoot into the crowd. Almost 6,000 horsepower--enough to drive an ocean liner--leaps into the rear wh...

    by Bill Gallo on July 23, 1998
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    Field of Schemes Kudos to Stuart Steers for his July 16 "Cash and Carry," on how the Colorado Rockies took taxpayers to the cleaners on the Coors Field lease. I guarantee you the Broncos are hoping for the same sweetheart deal for Pat (Bowlen)'s ...

    on July 23, 1998
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    The Schlong Goodbye

    Ideas come to Henry Badgett. While he's watering flowers in his front yard. Taking a shower. Sleeping. Standing. Making meatloaf. Suddenly a lightbulb flashes over his head. A fairy taps his shoulder. A tree falls in the forest. A mushroom cloud blas...

    by Harrison Fletcher on July 23, 1998
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